Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Mombasa to a Warm Welcome

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin acknowledges a gathering of community members welcoming him to Mombasa

His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq and leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community arrived in Mombasa on the 17th of May, 2024.

Syedna arrived in Mombasa following a brief stopover in Nairobi where he visited Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, the community’s premier educational institute. There he viewed a celebratory procession in the campus courtyard and thereafter led Friday prayers.  

His Holiness’ visit to East Africa comes after his historic trip to Cairo, where he joined the President of Egypt, His Excellency Abdel Fattah El Sisi, for the inauguration of the reconstructed masjid and holy shrine of Sayyida Zainab, granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed. 

Syedna delivers a sermon to mark the death anniversary of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin
Syedna delivers a sermon to mark the death anniversary of Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin

During his stay in Mombasa, Syedna Saifuddin delivered a sermon on the death anniversary of the community’s 43rd leader Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin. The occasion is of special significance to the East Africa Bohra community because it was Syedna Abdeali Saifuddin who guided Dawoodi Bohras more than two centuries ago, to travel to East Africa from their native lands in Gujarat, India, in search of better mercantile prospects and to embrace it as their new homeland.

He is also the one who established the original campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah in Surat, Gujarat, which was the seat of his administration at the time. Following in his footsteps, his successors, the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the 52nd leader along with Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin the 53rd and current leader, laid the foundation for the Nairobi campus of the academy which was inaugurated in April 2017. The entire student body and faculty of Aljamea travelled to Mombasa to participate in the sermon and to commemorate the occasion with Syedna Saifuddin. 

As is his custom, Syedna engaged with members of the community both collectively and on an individual level throughout his stay. He looked into their affairs, asking after their wellbeing and offered his guidance and counsel on wide-ranging issues that concern the community.  

Hamza Shura, coordinator for the Mombasa community said: "It is an immense honour for the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mombasa to have the opportunity to welcome His Holiness back to the city. His arrival is doubly joyful this year because he has just returned from Cairo, where he inaugurated the shrine of Sayyida Zainab which is a blessed and venerated site for the community."

Quresh Zakir added: "His Holiness’ arrival is always a cause for celebration and a time for community members across East Africa to come together. Since our religious ceremonies are always coupled with social and environmental causes, attending these gatherings is a source of spiritual and intellectual enlightenment as well as an opportunity to serve humanity and strive for the betterment of the environment."

Last year, during his visit to Mombasa, Syedna launched a rainwater harvesting initiative in partnership with the County Government of Mombasa. It was aimed at alleviating the chronic water shortages that affect the people of the county. The initiative garnered considerable success both locally in Kenya and internationally, with community centres across the world taking up the cause and implementing rainwater harvesting systems into existing as well as upcoming infrastructure projects. 

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May 28, 2024
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